Class of 2027 College Admissions Statistics: A Year in Review
Originally Published on March 25, 2023. This Post is Consistently Updated with New Figures.
Over the last several days, many of America’s highly selective universities have released admissions notifications for the Regular Decision round for the Class of 2027. So what are the trends? Is this the most competitive year ever in elite college admissions?
Class of 2027 Elite College Admissions Trends
Class of 2027 Admission Rates Are So Far on Par with Class of 2026
While it’s still too early to discern definitive overall trends in application figures and acceptance rates at America’s elite colleges for the Class of 2027 as we await word on the data from the remaining elite schools, it seems as though overall acceptance rates and application figures are on par with last year’s numbers with some schools slightly up and some schools slightly down. And while some schools have set new application benchmarks and all-time low admission rates, most are not earth shattering.
Few Application Surges Like for Class of 2025
For the Class of 2025, applications soared at many of America’s top colleges. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as an example, applications spiked by nearly 66%. But we’re not seeing that sort of data this year for the Class of 2027 thus far. Instead, we’re seeing slight variations (with exceptions, like the University of Southern California, where applications were up 17%). After all, applications can’t soar by 66% every year!
“The Most Competitive Year Ever” is Malarkey
And as to the parents who believe it’s “the most competitive year ever,” well, every applicant pool thinks it’s the most competitive year ever. Feeling as much is food for the soul, especially after students don’t get their desired results. Besides, that distinction belongs to the Class of 2025 since, beyond the soaring applications that year, gap year students from the Class of 2024 filled many of the available seats due to the pandemic.
Finally, even when applications rise at a school and the admission rate drops, it doesn’t mean getting in that particular year is more competitive. For example, more C students applying to Harvard University doesn’t make the Harvard applicant pool more competitive.
Potential Major Changes to Admissions Process Loom with Supreme Court Decision
As we await the final admission rates, we can confidently say that significant changes to the admissions process loom if the United States Supreme Court outlaws Affirmative Action later this year. So while the admissions statistics for the Class of 2027 seem more or less on par with the Class of 2026, change is in the air for the Class of 2028.
Class of 2027 Admission Rates at Elite Universities
Top National University Admissions Statistics
Below are the number of students who applied, the number of students accepted, and the overall admission rate for each of the respective top 25 national universities, as ranked by US News & World Report.
While some top schools, like Princeton University and Washington University in St. Louis, have already released decisions for the Class of 2027, the admission figures are not yet available. The below chart will be updated as the numbers come out. All figures are rounded to the nearest whole number.
|College/University||2023 US News Rank (“Best National Universities”)||Class of 2027 Total Applications||Class of 2027 Total Admitted||Class of 2027 Overall Admission Rate||Class of 2026 Overall Admission Rate|
|Princeton University||#1||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||4%|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||#2||26,914||1,259||5%||4%|
|Stanford University||#3||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||4%|
|University of Chicago||#6||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||7%|
|Johns Hopkins University||#7||38,200||2,403||6.29%||6%|
|University of Pennsylvania||#7||59,000+||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||6%|
|California Institute of Technology||#9||Not Yet Released||412||Not Yet Released||4%|
|Rice University||#15||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||9%|
|Washington University in St. Louis||#15||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||10%|
|Cornell University||#17||Not Yet Released||4,994||Not Yet Released||9%|
|University of Notre Dame||#18||28,351||3,399||12%||13%|
|University of California, Berkeley||#20||125,874||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||11%|
|University of California, Los Angeles||#20||145,882||12,429||9%||9%|
|Carnegie Mellon University||#22||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||11%|
|Georgetown University||#22||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||12%|
|New York University||#25||120,000+||9,600||8%||12%|
|University of Michigan – Ann Arbor||#25||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||18%|
|University of Southern California||#25||81,000||8,000||10%||12%|
|University of Virginia||#25||56,439||9,184||16%||19%|
Top Liberal Arts College Admission Statistics
Below are the number of students who applied, the number of students accepted, and the overall admission rate for each of the respective top 25 liberal arts colleges, as ranked by US News & World Report.
While some top liberal arts schools, like Vassar College, have already released decisions for the Class of 2027, the admission figures are not yet available. The below chart will be updated as the numbers come out. All figures are rounded to the nearest whole number.
|College/University||2023 US News Rank (“Best Liberal Arts Colleges”)||Class of 2027 Total Applications||Class of 2027 Total Admitted||Class of 2027 Overall Admission Rate||Class of 2026 Overall Admission Rate|
|Pomona College||#3||Not Yet Released||757||Not Yet Released||7%|
|Carleton College||#6||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||17%|
|Claremont McKenna College||#9||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||10%|
|Middlebury College||#11||13,297||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||15%|
|Washington and Lee University||#11||Not Yet Released||1,189||Not Yet Released||19%|
|Vassar College||#13||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||19%|
|Davidson College||#15||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||17%|
|Grinnell College||#15||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||9%|
|Hamilton College||#15||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||12%|
|Colgate University||#18||21,114||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||12%|
|Haverford College||#18||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||14%|
|University of Richmond||#18||15,757||3,467||22%||24%|
|Wesleyan University||#18||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||14%|
|Bates College||#25||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||Not Yet Released||13%|
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CDS WashU 2026 acceptance rate was 13%, Cornell’s was 7%, and Columbia’s? Who knows. They lie a lot. Lol
Your picture shows Washington University. Do you have the Class of 2027 application statistics?
Emory is incorrect. Tour displaying Emory only numbers for last year but Emory+Oxford numbers for this year.
Hi GG – Emory’s figures are indeed correct. Emory has reported a total of 33,534 applications to its Class of 2027. Of these students, 5,445 students earned admission in total (3,428 to Emory College, 3,335 to Oxford College, and an overlapping 1,376 to both Emory College and Oxford College). You’re likely not accounting for the overlapping students.
Like USC, Richmond also had a 17% increase in applications this year.
The UChicago Class of 2026 Admit Rate was 5.4%.
Is there an increase in the # of qualified applicants? Colleges are creating a frenzy by becoming test optional and attracting too many unqualified applicants. It hurts many qualified minority students who have genuinely worked hard in areas of their passion and have done fairly well on tests.
The University of Michigan acceptance rate is around 8-10% this year I believe. Over 87,000 applicants and 7,000 acceptances (although I don’t know if it’s only for the Ann Arbor campus or for all three. Either way, shouldn’t make that much of a difference considering how small the other two campuses are).
University of Michigan accepts roughly ~ 15K-16K freshman applicants each year, of which about 45-50% of those accepted students end up enrolling. Per Michigan’s most recent Common Data Set submission for the class that entered in Fall 2022, UM-Ann Arbor accepted 14,914 out of 84,289 freshmen applicants, for an acceptance rate of 17.7%.
Of those 14,914 who were accepted, a total of 7,050 ended up enrolling, for a “yield rate” of about 47%.
What is the data source for Ivy Coach showing that UCLA accepted 12,429 students for the Class of 2027? The UC system typically does not realize data on accepted students until mid-July or August timeframe as part of a coordinated release of data for all institutions within the system.